Once unpaved and full of trees, the old market square was originally used for the cattle market, known as the Foro Boario. In more recent times, relatively speaking, it became a general produce market, with facilities for flower and vegetable stands and chicken and rabbit vendors, for whom the awning was built in 1886. The market also attracted peddlers known as treccolonior trecconi, who hawked thread, buttons and assorted knickknacks for women from a box hung around their necks. Piazza del Mercato affords a fine view of the elegant loggias at the back of the Palazzo Pubblico.
- Nearest Train: Siena